Browsing All posts tagged under »Ottawa«

Two Lines of History: Parallel or Converging?

November 7, 2016

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As I dug into the history of the Irish, I was immediately struck by the parallels between the Irish experience of English colonialism and the First Nations experience of it.

A Small Act of Grace: A Story We Can Tell

November 5, 2016

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Our family no longer has a traditional territory, sacred places or the daily routines of life to prompt our collective story-telling, but we have those letters.

A Portrait In History: Me, My Grandmother, and Colonialism

October 16, 2016

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It never occurred to me that colonialism also had a role to play. That isn’t too surprising, I guess. A sickness has to be named before it can be diagnosed.

My Place In Your History

September 11, 2016

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The problem with family legends -- like history -- is that the facts often get in the way of a neat, clean, and simple story.

My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History

August 7, 2016

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My foolish acceptance of Morton’s false history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.

Seven Shades of Colonialism: Through the Looking Glass of Cultural Genocide

June 30, 2016

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Here’s the strange thing. My grandmother was an Indian, she presented herself to my class as an Indian, but it never occurred to me that I was an Indian too.

Is Stephen Harper a Symptom or the Cause of What Ails Ottawa? Discuss!

January 14, 2015

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My question to you: Is Stephen Harper a symptom of what ails Ottawa or the cause?